The U.S. Senate broke a months-long stalemate with a 92-2 vote passing a bill that targets the nation’s opioid addiction epidemic. The Comprehensive Addiction and Recovery Act (CARA) is a collaboration between the House and Senate, negotiated in conference. The reconciled package authorizes the federal government to award states grants for opioid-related initiatives around education, prevention, treatment, and recovery efforts; improves prescription drug monitoring programs; and expands access to the opioid overdose-reversal drug naloxone. It also incorporates elements of the 18 opioid-related bills passed by the House in May including: requiring the Government Accountability Office to study the availability of inpatient and outpatient addiction treatment facilities, and create a task force to establish best practices for pain management.
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